Made in the wake of deadly accidents aboard the aircraft carriers USS Forrestal (CV-59), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and USS Oriskany (CV-34), this U.S. Navy safety film underscores that "Disasters Don't Just Happen". The film examines the causes of accidents and looks for solutions to prevent similar things from happening in the future. Three incidents are specifically examined. First, the 1967 USS Forrestal fire was a devastating fire and series of chain-reaction explosions on 29 July... Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
The Pacific Campaign is recounted in this post-WWII film. Beginning with the Japanese invasion of the China, the film rapidly shows the U.S. entry to the war at Pearl Harbor, and the battles that followed from Guadalcanal to the Phillipines, Marianas, Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and culminating with the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki by B-29s flying from island bases. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Landing a plane on the deck of aircraft carrier is one of the most dangerous and amazing daily activity facing pilots and deck crew. This amazing training film graphically depicts various aircraft landing disasters. It also instructs pilots how to avoid them and what emergency ejection or ditching procedures to follow in case they do occur. A barrier landing, called for when a pilot has a landing gear problem, is shown as is the set-up of the barrier. Many crashes in this film were captured by... Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
Made by the U.S. Navy at the height of the Cold War, this film observes current Soviet naval forces and attempts to assess their global reach and strategy. By this time, the Soviets had achieved the world's largest submarine force, and supplemented it with state-of-the-art anti-submarine weapons including the helicopter aircraft carrier Moskva, which is shown in the film. Also shown are various other vessels, including Russian PT boats, Kashin class guided-missile destroyers, and Soviet nuclear... Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
A U.S. Navy training and safety film that covers in detail the procedure used to recover a crew member who went overboard off the deck of a submarine. The USS Scamp (SSN-588) and the USS Bergall (SSN-667) are used to illustrate these procedures. Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
Shows the 1958 voyage of the world's first nuclear powered submarine, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571) under the North Pole. This historic voyage, known as Operation Sunshine, heralded a new stage of the Cold War, in which Soviet and American submarines would vie for control of the strategically critical polar regions. Produced by Sperry Autonetics, whose top secret inertial guidance system allowed Nautilus to make the voyage. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Diving in the deep sea, whether with scuba gear or a hard hat suit, is fairly safe as long as the diver is conscious of the effects of pressure. This U.S. Navy training film discusses the physical principles of diving, and shows some of the medical consequences of mishaps. Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
During a glamorous career as the ocean liner USS Manhattan, the Manhattan plied the Atlantic sea lanes between Europe and the USA. It carried the U.S. Olympic team including Jesse Owens and Glenn Cunningham to Germany in 1936. During WWII, the ship was rechristened the USS Wakefield (AP-21) and placed into service by the U.S. Coast Guard as a troop ship. Its wartime service was spent transporting tens of thousands of American soldiers to the battlefront. Wakefield's career was star crossed, as... Topic: U.S. Navy Propaganda Film
Made by the Reynolds Aluminum Co, the Aluminaut was an experimental deep sea exploration submarine built in 1964. The Aluminaut is credited with rescuing the DSV Alvin-2 in 1969 after it sank, and helping to locate an atomic bomb lost off the coast of Palomares, Spain in 1966. Also featured in the film is footage of the NR-1, the Navy's nuclear powered research submarine, the bathyscaphe Trieste and Trieste II, and other vessels including the Perry Cubmarine. The film also includes footage of... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
This German propaganda movie was part of a U.S. Navy archive compiled during WWII, and acquired by Periscope Film. This Kriegsmarine film shows the cruise of the German warships Gneisenau and Blucher in the North Atlantic in 1939 and 1940. These two ships were to be part of what Adolph Hitler hoped would be a new German Navy that would challenge Britain's mastery of the sea. The cruiser Blucher would be sunk just a short time after the film was made, in 1940 during the invasion of Norway. The... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
Shot by award winning cinematographer Conrad Buff, "Down to the Wire" is a portrait of naval aviation cadets struggling to receive their carrier wings circa 1970. To become qualified as a carrier jet pilot, a variety of tasks must be mastered from "touch-and-go's" on land to that first hairy carrier landing at sea. The famed Essex class carrier USS Lexington (CV/CVA/CVS/CVT/AVT-16), known as "The Blue Ghost", appears in the film. Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
This fascinating travelogue was made in 1934, in the era when China was in the grip of the Imperial nations. America operated its own fleet of warships in Chinese waters, to protect American interests, especially the tankers belonging to Standard Oil. Shown in the film are various U.S. Navy warships and gunboats, and although none are identified by name the USS Augusta (CA-31), flagship for the Asiatic fleet, is clearly visible. Canton and Shanghai are cities visited during the course of the... Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film
Features rare footage of the L class, Holland S class and K class submarines, as well as the U.S. Navy's first submarine the Holland. Features footage of the Atlantic Submarine Flotilla including USS L-11 (SS-51), USS L-10 (SS-50), USS L-4 (SS-43), S-19 (SS-124), K-2 (SS-33), K-4 (SS-35). Also features shots of GATO class boats USS Threadfin (SS-272), USS Trigger (SS-237) during World War II. The film shows the history of the Silent Service through 1954, including the Submarine Training School... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Profiles the role of the U.S. Navy's hardhat divers, and shows the various systems used to support their operations. This film includes footage of re-compression chambers and diver support equipment. The special men of honor who served as the Navy's hardhat divers during WWII salvaged lost equipment, repaired ships at sea and in the harbor, and served in many other important capacities. ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Shot at the Naval Amphibious School in Coronado, California, this film shows the procedures used by SCUBA divers to exit and enter a submarine through the airlock. The film also features extremely rare footage of the special operations submarine USS Grayback (SSG-574 / LPSS-574) which carried miniature submarines (known as SDVs or Swimmer Delivery Vehicles) in its hangar that could be used by U.S. Navy SEALs for special operations. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Shows the launching of the USS Lafayette, SSBN-616, one of the new Polaris nuclear ballistic missile submarines. Built at the General Dynamics shipyard in Groton, Connecticut, Lafayette was christened by then-First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, whose husband Jack Kennedy was an avid supporter of the Polaris submarine program. Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
In this training film, see how the U.S. prepares its submariners and submarine support personnel to handle potentially disastrous emergencies. The USS Balao (SS-285) plays the part of submarine that has had a fire aboard and is now stuck on the sea floor. Some trapped crew members make individual emergency buoyant ascents via the escape trunk. In the meantime, the submarine rescue ship USS Skylark (ASR-20), rushes to the scene and uses its Rescue Bell (RC14) to evacuate the remainder of the... Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
Celebrates the launching of the nation's forty-one Polaris fleet ballistic missile submarines, the "41 for Freedom". These boats formed the nation's undersea nuclear deterrent throughout most of the Cold War. Features footage of USS Tunny (SS-282), USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624), USS Lafayette (SSBN-616), USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629), USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658), USS Will Rogers (SSBN-659), and USS Nautilus (SSN-571). Includes footage of the development of the missile concept,... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
This U.S. Navy film traces the history of U.S. missile development up until 1958. It includes footage from World War II of the BAT, a small guided missile for anti-ship use. It also features footage of: the JB-1 Loon (a submarine-launched version of the German V-1 Buzz Bomb), the Terrier, the Talos, Polaris, Bullpup, the V-2 missile, the Regulus I, the Regulus II, and the Sidewinder. It also includes footage of the Naval Research Laboratory NRL, the Naval Missile Test Center at Point Mugu in... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Shows the 1945 cruise of the aircraft carrier USS Franklin (CV-13) across the Pacific and into combat. Corsair and Avenger aircraft are shown performing take-offs and landings, on what seems like it will be a 'typical' combat cruise. During combat the Franklin was struck by two armor piercing bombs dropped by a Japanese Zero aircraft. At least one penetrated the flight deck, setting off a series of explosions that crippled the ship. There were over 1000 casulties including 724 KIA. Despite... Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
This movie is about the USS Tunny (SS-282) and the procedure she helped pioneer -- firing the Regulus missile. The Regulus was the world's first nuclear cruise missile, and a stop-gap weapon that served the Navy until the arrival of the Polaris weapon system. The Gato-class USS Tunny served three years in the Pacific during WWII, and was brought back into service in 1953 to assist in the development of the Regulus missile system. The U.S. strategy at this time, was to prevent an all out nuclear... favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
Landing aboard an aircraft carrier is a task fraught with danger under normal conditions. When an aircraft has a malfunction or becomes disabled, it can be especially dangerous. The Mark-V barricade was developed to arrest disabled aircraft which, for whatever reason, may not be able to land by conventional "hook on a cable" means. Shown in this film are the procedures used to deploy the barricade, with commentary about how teamwork and attention to detail makes all the difference. Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Details the life of the crew aboard a fleet aircraft carrier operating in the Pacific during WWII in 1944. Includes footage of aircraft operations including Grumman TBM Avengers and Hellcats, maintenance, take-offs and landings, and the mundane side of crew life. Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
In this short silent film, shot by the Pilot Landing Aid Television system, known as PLAT, a crippled Vought F-8 Crusader makes a barrier landing. The Mark-V barricade shown in the film was developed to arrest disabled aircraft which, for whatever reason, are not able to land by conventional "hook on a cable" means. In this instance, the landing is a success, the pilot walked away unscathed and the aircraft was salvageable. Topic: U.S. Navy PLAT film.
Shows the USS George Washington (SSBN-598) on deterrent patrol somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. The nation's first ballistic missile submarine, George Washington and its sister Polaris submarines were the nation's undersea deterrent arm throughout the Cold War. Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
This tour of the U.S. Navy's submarine training school at New London, Connecticut includes a tour of the school's museum, a demonstration of their submarine simulator and even the submarine escape tower. Recruits are shown being trained in the latest techniques of undersea warfare and technology. Submarines featured include: USS Grouper (SS-214), USS Piper (SS-409), USS Irex (SS-482), and USS Benjamin Franklin (SSBN-640) a Polaris nuclear missile submarine. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Made to promote the upgrading of Polaris SSBN submarines to carry the new Poseidon missile, this film presents an overview of the nation's undersea nuclear force. A brief history of the Polaris SSBNs is presented, including the development of the solid-rocket engine and launch apparatus. Admiral Raborn is shown on the occasion of the first successful undersea launch of a missile from a submarine. Earlier attempts to place a missile on a sub, including the Regulus missile era are shown.... Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
Shows the Navy's anti-submarine patrol in action during the late 1960s. Featuring flight operations off the aircraft carrier USS Wasp (CV-18), fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft perform sweeps of the sea in the vicinity of the fleet main body. They are joined by destroyers and other warships equipped with sonar, depth-charges and ASW torpedoes. The Grumman S-2 Tracker aircraft is especially featured. Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
The Fleet That Came to Stay was produced by the US Navy in 1945, and details the aerial and naval battles that raged during the invasion of Okinawa. The Okinawa campaign was especially devastating for the U.S. Navy due to the use of kamikaze suicide planes by the Japanese. After being hit by two kamikaze planes, the USS Bunker Hill (CV-17) was severely damaged, and 346 of its crew were KIA. Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Originally made by the Soviet Union, this propaganda film was re-released by the American C.I.A. complete with English narration. It features worldwide wargames by the modern Soviet Fleet. Men and ships of the USSR are seen launching a seaborne invasion. Various ships and MiG aircraft are shown, including submarines, rocket-firing cruisers, destroyers and battleships. Airborne refueling of Backfire nuclear bomber aircraft, and seaborne refueling and resupply of vessels is shown. Jet fighters... Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
A U.S. Navy training and safety film that in detail covers the procedure a submarine crew would take to make an immediate free breathing emergency bouyant ascent. In other words, how to safely exit a submerged subamrine and get all the crewmembers to the surface without them getting the "bends". The students train at the Submarine Escape Training Tank (SETT), a 100-foot water tower either at the submarine base, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii or at the submarine base, New London, Connecticut.... Topic: U.S. Navy Training Film
This short film, part of the "Navy News Highlights", shows some of the stunning accomplishments made by the Silent Service in the late 1950's. First, USS Skate (SSN-578) the third nuclear submarine commissioned by the Navy, becomes only the second submarine to reach the North Pole and the first to surface there. Next, the launching of the Barbel-class USS Blueback is shown. USS Blueback was built by Ingalls Shipbuilding Corporation of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and was the last... Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
Made by the U.S. Navy at the height of the Cold War, this informative film chronicles the history of the Soviet Navy from the Czarist era through WWI, the Revolution, WWII, and the Cold War. The film begins with shots of the helicopter aircraft carrier Moscow / Moskva on its maiden voyage in the Mediterranean Sea in 1968. The Kashin class guided-missile destroyers, the world's first major ships built with gas turbine propulsion, are also shown along with Soviet nuclear submarines. These... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
This U.S. Navy film shows how a sunken submarine can be raised from the depths using pontoons and air apparatus. Features footage of the salvage vessel USS Hoist (ARS-40), hard hat divers, and animations and footage of a real salvage operation exercise. Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
While the Battle of the Atlantic that took place during WWII is well known, the struggle to get troops, man and supplies to Europe from the USA during World War I was also momentous. German U-boats took a frightening toll on American ships, and their brazen raids are in fact one of the key reasons America declared war on Germany and its allies. This film is a short portrait of the struggle, showing how lookouts, convoys, and new weapons such as the depth-charge-firing "Y gun" were... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Made at the height of the Cold War, this Navy film provides an overview of the Navy's strategic undersea capabilities, with a focus on nuclear deterrence. Features footage of the nuclear powered USS Sturgeon (SSN-637), USS Skate (SSN-578) surfacing at the North Pole, the USS Triton (SSRN-586) circumnavigating the world underwater, the USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the Sturgeon class USS Parche (SSN-683), USS Skipjack (SSN-585), and the diesel powered USS Albacore (AGSS-569), USS Mang (SS-385). The... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
Showcases the combined effort that is part of modern anti-submarine warfare, in which fixed and rotary wing aircraft work in conjunction with destroyers and escorts to locate and destroy enemy submarines. Featured in the film is footage of the fleet Sonar School, Grumman S-2 Tracker and the Neptune P2V operating off of the aircraft carrier USS Randolph (CV-15), and the destroyers USS Sarsfield (DD-837), USS Blandly (DD-943) and USS Cony (DD-508), and the submarine USS Sirago (SS-485). Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Produced in the early 1970s, "Hook Down, Wheels Down" was one of the most comprehensive (and expensive) films made by the U.S. Navy. It covers the history and development of the U.S. aircraft carrier, and does so through interviews with many of the men who made it happen. While dozens of aircraft carriers are featured, it is the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) that takes center stage -- and the material shot on her deck looks like it is right out of "Top Gun". There is wonderful... Topic: U.S. Navy educational film.
On June 4, 1944, an American anti-submarine squadron accomplished an incredible feat, capturing the German U-boat U-505 and all hands. This film celebrates the achievement and explains how it happened. It certainly wasn't a fluke. Commander Daniel Gallery, of the USS Guadalcanal, was convinced he could surface and capture an enemy submarine, and he drilled his crews in the art of boarding. When the aircraft carrier USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60) and its destroyer escorts, USS Pillsbury (DE-133), USS... Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
Featuring Hollywood actor Glenn Ford as its star and narrator, this U.S. Navy publicity film shows the fleet at the height of readiness during the Cold War. Large fleet exercises are shown, in which anti-submarine warfare capabilities are demonstrated, as well as the strategic weapons of this era including nuclear-armed missiles and torpedoes. Some of the featured vessels include: the SS United States, USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), USS Hartley (DE-1029), the Trieste and its tender ship USNS... Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
This wonderful propaganda film features Lowell Thomas narrating. Probably made before Pearl Harbor, the film features a brief segment at the end identifying Adolph Hitler and Japan as American adversaries. Some of the material includes: fleet maneuvers involving battleships, cruisers, destroyers and aircraft carriers, PT boats including PT-9, the destroyer USS Phelps (DD-360) launching a torpedo at sea, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, basic training, sailors drilling and exercising at sea.... Topic: U.S. Navy recruiting film.
Made in 1944 and shot in color, The Fighting Lady is a documentary / propaganda film produced by Twentieth Century Fox for the U.S. Navy. The plot of the film revolves around the life of seamen on board the second USS Yorktown (CV-10) - "the Fighting Lady". The film includes footage of combat in the Marcus Islands, the attack on Truk in the Carolines,and the famous Marianas 'turkey shoot'. Directed by Edward Stiechen and narrated by Charles Boyer and Robert Taylor. favoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
This 1945 Technicolor film was shown to Navy veterans in the aftermath of WWII. Intended to refocus the men who had lived through such horror, and who had trained to live by the sword, the film attempts to remind the viewer of the goals achieved by the conflict. This film may owe its existence to a very real fear that returning veterans would not be able to re-integrate into society; but such worries proved groundless. James Vincent Forrestal, the last Cabinet-level United States Secretary of... favorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy training film.
Made in 1942 and shot in color, "The Battle of Midway" is John Ford's masterpiece of documentary filmmaking. Featuring voice overs by Donald Crisp, Henry Fonda, and Jane Darwell, the film includes material shot by Ford himself during the Japanese bombardment of Midway. John Ford's handheld, 16mm footage of the battle was captured totally impromptu. He had been in transit on the island, roused from his bunk by the sounds of the battle, picked up his camera and began shooting. Ford was... favoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: U.S. Navy propaganda film.
"Man and the FBM" shows the new Polaris submarines such as USS George Washington (SSBN-598) on deterrent patrol and describes the development of this important weapons system. The nation's first ballistic missile submarine, George Washington and its sister Polaris submarines including the USS Patrick Henry (SSBN-599) were the nation's undersea deterrent arm throughout the Cold War. This film also features footage of USS Skipjack (SSN-585), USS Skate (SSN-578) at the North Pole, and... Topic: U.S. Navy Recruiting Film